Program Resources

  • CCRP Principles

    Guided by a series of principles, the CCRP works to ensure a world where all have access to nutritious food that is sustainably produced by local people. Download this resource to learn more.

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  • Program Theory of Change

    CCRP uses a "theory of change" to represent the ways in which we intend to contribute to better livelihoods, productivity, and nutrition for farming communities.

    Click here for in-depth information on the CCRP ToC.

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  • Contributed Photos

    Local challanges, teamwork and innovation are all on display in the CCRP Photo Gallery. Click here to view images contributed by project grantees.


  • Collaborative Crop Research Program History

    Report detailing the origins and history of the CCRP, from the early 1990s to the present.

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  • Fact sheet: Collaborative Crop Research Program

    Information about the program goals, scope, and grantmaking process.

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Regional Resources

  • New Frontiers in Legume Research

    A collection of case studies based on 10 years of research in Malawi, produced by the McKnight Collaborative Crop Research Program's Southern Africa community of practice.

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  • Advancing Together

    Highlights from 10 years of work in the West Africa Community of Practice of The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research program.

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  • Phosphorus Effcient Bean Project: Successes, Lessons, and Good Practices in Agroecological Intensifcation

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Agroecological Intensification Resources

  • Characteristics of AEI

    CCRP supports research in agroecological intensification (AEI), which aims to improve the performance of agriculture systems by integrating ecological principles into farm management. Click below to learn more.

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  • AEI Levers and Outcomes

    CCRP supports AEI research that can be applied by farmers and communities to improve productivity, nutrition, and livelihoods. Beyond these tangible impacts, many of the research principles that AEI embodies — farmer participation and ownership in the research process, integration of global and local knowledge, cross-sector and multilateral collaboration — help strengthen societal structures. As local people build networks through CCRP projects, they help to revitalize the economy and culture of rural communities.

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  • Agroecology Knowledge Hub (AKH)

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released the Agroecology Knowledge Hub (AKH) in November 2016. The site can be accessed by visiting

  • AKH Guidelines for Agroecology Profiles

    The AKH site includes profiles of people and initiatives working on agroecology. If you would like to have an innovative farmer or particular success story resulting from your project featured on the AKH, please view the “Guidelines Agroecology Profiles.”


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Farmer Reserch Network Resources

IMEP Resources

  • IMEP Handbook

    The CCRP has developed an IMEP handbook for its research projects.  The handbook serves as the basis for CCRP’s integrated M&E approach with projects.

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  • Project Research Quality Self-Assessment

    The CCRP Project Research Quality Self-Assessment is used by research projects and CCRP regional grantmakers to track the quality of research.

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  • Social Science Methods for Agronomist Handbook

    The CCRP has created a social science methods handbook for agronomists.  The handbook helps scientists trained in the biological sciences develop a foundation for using the social sciences in their work to help evaluate and make meaning out of their results.

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